The Salvation Army began helping disaster survivors after a major hurricane hit Galveston, TX in September 1900, destroying the coastal city and killing thousands of people. At the request of The Salvation Army’s National Commander, Frederick Booth-Tucker, officers (the clergy of The Salvation Army) from across the country moved into the Galveston area to help feed and shelter the thousands of survivors, while also providing much needed emotional and spiritual support.
Since then, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Service (EDS) has responded to numerous natural disasters, transportation accidents, civil unrest situations and terrorist attacks. By providing beverages, meals, and emotional and spiritual care to first responders and survivors, The Salvation Army strives to bring hope and healing to people who find themselves amid extremely difficult situations.
When a disaster occurs, The Salvation Army is ready to assist. While each disaster is unique, The Salvation Army disaster team is ready to respond. Miami Area Command EDS is located at 7450 W. 4th Avenue Hialeah, Fl 33014. Since its opening it has provided services to survivors and first responders of the FIU Bridge collapse, Hurricane Michael, Hurricane Maria, and Hurricane Irma.